12 etydiä ikuisesta elämästä oli teossarja, joka pyrki löytämään 12 tapaa harjoitella ikuista elämää. Joka kuukausi vuoden 2010 ajan esitettiin yksi etydi. Kukin etydi syntyi esitystaiteilija Tuomas Laitisen ja toisen taiteilijan välisestä yhteistyöstä kolmen vuorokauden yhtäjaksoisen työskentelyn pohjalta. Etydeistä kootaan keväällä 2011 ikuisen elämän harjoitusten käsikirja. Ehkä suurin uskontojen käsittelemä aihe on ihmisen kyky selvitä hengissä. Usko tai henkinen harjoitus nähdään keinona voittaa kuolema liittymällä jollain tapaa jumalallisuuden piiriin. Kuolemattomuus ja ikuisuus ovat käsitteitä, joita ihmisen on kuitenkin vaikea hahmottaa, joista on vaikeaa saada otetta. Siksi niitä käsitellään lähinnä negaation kautta – rajattomuus ymmärretään jonain jolla ei ole rajaa, äärettömyydestä voi puhua vain jos ensin sanoo ’ääri’.

Konsepti: Tuomas Laitinen (esitystaiteilija, ohjaaja)

Taiteilijat: Ishmael Falke (nukketaiteilija), Johanna MacDonald (esitystaiteilija), Rausparan (uusshamanistinen esitysduo), Carl-Erik Engqvist (uusmediataiteilija), Jyri Pitkänen (valokuvaaja/performanssitaiteilija), Aapo Korkeaoja (performanssitaiteilija), Anna Maria Häkkinen (koreografi/tanssija), Tellervo Kalleinen (performanssitaiteilija), Wisa Knuuttila (kuvataiteilija/esiintyjä), Dasniya Sommer (köysitaiteilija), Nagashila (taidemaalari)

[Category number='-1' method='excerpt' order='desc' id='44' orderby='date']Maybe the greatest issue approached by religions is the ability of humans to survive. Belief and spiritual practice are seen as a way to conquer death by joining divinity. Meanwhile immortality and eternity are concepts that are hard to grasp. Therefore they are dealt with through negation – the infinite can only be uttered through pronouncing the finite.

12 etudes on everlasting life was a series of pieces that attempted to find 12 ways to practice a life everlasting. Every month during 2010 a new etude was be performed. Each etude was created between Tuomas Laitinen and another artist and was worked on for 3 uninterrupted days. The etudes have been collected into a publication, Manual of Everlasting Life.

The series was a part of Reality Research Centers research plan for the year 2010, the theme of which is 'Can the Sacred Be Performed?'.

Concept: Tuomas Laitinen (theater/performance artist)

12 ETUDES ON EVERLASTING LIFE – MONTHLY PERFORMANCES IN 2010

I etude on everlasting life - awakening Ishmael Falke and Tuomas Laitinen Opening of the Shrine and founding of a biological family on 21st of January at the Reality Research Center studio, Helsinki. The Shrine open through the year 2010 at RRC studio. Photography by Jan Ahlstedt.

II etude on everlasting life - communication Johanna MacDonald and Tuomas Laitinen Writing 66 individual letters to 66 people from the 1st to the 3rd of February. Posting the letters on the 4th of February. Photography by Jan Ahlstedt.

III etude on everlasting life - ritual Rausparan and Tuomas Laitinen A ritual performance on the 19th of March at Rauhala, Oulu. Photography by Ossi Koskelainen.

IV etude on everlasting life - technology Carl-Erik Engqvist and Tuomas Laitinen The opening seremony of a virtual temple on the 28th of April at the HUMlab of Umeå University. The temple on the HUMlab island in the virtual world Second Life, open for undetermined time. Photography by Gabriel Bohm Calles.

V etude on everlasting life - faith Jyri Pitkänen and Tuomas Laitinen A tent at Hakaniemi market place in Helsinki on the 31st of May with singing of the Death and Eternity psalms of the finnish choral, an eternity questionaire & lottery and a discussion on eternity. A demolition of the first price of the eternity lottery, a Nissan Micra, on the 15th of June at Romu-Keinänen demolition site with the lottery winner (the owner of the car) as a witness. Photography by Jan Ahlstedt.

VI etude on everlasting life - offspring Aapo & Aukusti (4 years old) Korkeaoja and Tuomas & Ilari (almost 7 years old) Laitinen A participatory performance for fathers and their children on the 29th of June at Turku Main Library yard, as a part of the Holy Destruction -exhibition at the Gallery Maaret Finnberg. Photography by Hanna Oksanen.

VII etude on everlasting life - matter Anna Maria Häkkinen and Tuomas Laitinen A participatory performance at midnight of the 14th of July at the Meiko nature reserve in Kirkkonummi. Photography by Jan Ahlstedt.

VIII etude on everlasting life - healing Tellervo Kalleinen and Tuomas Laitinen A participatory performance on the 7th of August at an acupuncture clinic in Tapiola, Espoo. Photography by Kare Markkola.

IX etude on everlasting life - art Visa Knuuttila and Tuomas Laitinen Exhibiting an image of the Hermit on the 30th of September in the web and on the 27th of November at the RRC studio in Helsinki. An give-away of prints of the piece for use in public space through Esitys-magazine and personal contacts. Photography by Visa Knuuttila.

X etude on everlasting life - ascesis Dasniya Sommer and Tuomas Laitinen A participatory performance from the 8th to the 10th of October at the contemporary art museum Kiasma in Helsinki, as a part of /theater.now-festival. Photography by Jan Ahlstedt.

XI etude on everlasting life - meditation Nagashila and Tuomas Laitinen A wake for death through the night between the 3rd and the 4th of November at the Open Art School in Helsinki. Photography by Jan Ahlstedt.

XII etude on everlasting life - rebirth Tuomas Laitinen Three dayless days above the polar circle at the time of the winter solstice, from the 21st to the 24th of December. The birth of the sun at noon of the 24th and its welcoming on the top of Kannusvaara in Savukoski, at 67°54,33'
27°61,75'. Photography by Tuomas Laitinen.

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